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in ukraine. stand by. expected here shortly from the secretary of state, john kerry. in the meantime, newsroom with brianna keilar starts now. >> i'm brianna keilar with baldwin. we just learned that secretary of state john kerry will speak assignment this hour. this is after the meeting with the russian foreign minster. when he starts, we will bring you that live. united nations envoy agreed to lead the region after being threatened by a group of armed men who wanted him in a car. this as a solution to deescalate the growing tension may be happening right now in paris where john kerry just met with russian foreign minster and defense secretary said he is beefing up a training mission and adding an air patrol mission. lawmakers are going tit for tat. that would confiscate assets if they slap sanctions on russia. they could vote on a non-binding sanction resolution. for now the west is more focused on economic aid to the ukraine. promising $15 billion in trade and economic and technical assistance. the u.s. and britain agreed in principal to deploy international observers to ukraine.
." secretary of state kerry lands in kiev as the united states prepares to punish russia for the ukrainian siege. and president vladimir p breaks his silence. >>> first on "cbs this morning," a new report could make you think twice on why your doctor is prescribing certain medications. >>> plus we're on the edge of a sinkhole to show you the effort to save eight classic corvettes. >>> we begin this morning with a look at today's eye opener your world in 90 seconds. >> russian president vladimir putin says ukraine's ousted president is the only legitimate leader of the country and what's happening now is a coup. >> russia stands its ground in ukraine. >> shots fired in an attempt to control the advancing ukrainian troops, coming back to their base. >> we have the top -- >> secretary of state john kerry touched down in ukraine this morning. >> ukraine's navy reportedly ordered to surrender or be stormed. >> russia is on the wrong side of history on this. >>> deep freeze settling in. 45 outside of dallas was turned into a parking lot. >> i'm going back the other way.
. but still, a statement. >> mr. kerry, welcome to ukraine. >> thank you. >> reporter: in kiev, the ukrainian capital 500 miles away, secretary of state kerry walked the streets where scores of ukrainians died in protests last month, then praised their revolution. >> what they stood for so bravely i say with full conviction, will never be stolen by bullies or by invasions. it is called freedom. >> reporter: in moscow, vladimir putin offered a different version, a different reality in an extraordinary appearance. the new ukrainian government? illegitimate, he said. u.s. support for it was like, running experiments on rats. and then the u.s., he said, must stop encouraging what he called illegal change in the territory of the former soviet union. the soviet union shaped putin, a loyal kgb officer for 15 years. and here's what this country looked like back then, a colossus. and this is how it shrunk what the soviet union collapsed, which putin called, the greatest catastrophe of the century. his world view, shaped by the loss of an empire. >> he was born in a large soviet space that encompassed
you so much. president obama and secretary of state john kerry were on the same talking points earlier today on whether russia's actions in the ukraine were a sign of strength. >> there is nothing strong about what russia is doing. >> i actually think that this is not been a sign of strength but rather is a reflection that countries near russia have deep concerns and suspicions about this kind of meddling. >> but is this new talking point more about defending the white house for being accused of we weakness in previous foreign policy decisions? joining me is senator corker. later in the show we'll have on his democratic counterpart. senator corker, thank you for being here. i first want to get your reaction to this news that russia has test fired an intercontinental ballistic missile. this was planned before the crisis in ukraine but putin could have canceled the test as a sign of good faith. what do you make of all of this? >> good to be with you, jake. i don't read a lot into it, to be candid. actually, i could have -- him calling it off might have been a sign of something else. so,
and politically. and late word this afternoon that u.s. secretary of state john kerry will soon be on his way to the region. we're covering developments from washington to crimea, which is where nbc's bill neely starts us off tonight. bill? >> reporter: yes, russia's takeover of crimea, lester, is almost complete. they've done it without tanks, without firing a single shot. ukraine's navy is either under russian guard or gone. its army now surrounded by moscow's men. russian soldiers on the march in ukraine. this unit is taking up positions outside a ukrainian army base. the objective? to take it from troops who were once their comrades in the soviet army. but times and loyalties have changed. the russians have come prepared for a fight. behind the gate, the ukrainian troops are dressed for combat but look bewildered. and no wonder. their country has been invaded, their homeland, crimea, taken over. two armys in a tense standoff. it's been decades since we've seen as clear a russian takeover in eastern europe as this one. and so far there is no sign whatsoever that the ukrainian soldiers behi
negotiations with the country on hold. at andrews air force, secretary of state john kerry is on his way to kiev, will meet with ukrainian officials tomorrow. all this as troops have been streaming into the southern ukrainian area. they have been given a deadline, that has just passed. russian officials say they got involved because they were asked by the ousted ukrainian president. on tuesday nato will hold an emergency meeting. right now there's no telling what putin will do. our coverage begins with nick schifrin, live from the capitol of crimea, simferopol. what's happening on the ground there now nick? >> the resistance as far as anyone can tell is nonexistent. in reality, the russians don't escalate. we spent all day going to bases around this capitol and you see the same thing, russian flags flying over what should be ukrainian bases. russian troops inside what should be ukrainian bases. outside an armory, wh where we spent about an hour this afternoon russian troops are digging in. they are going to stay here as long as it takes, apparently. on the east on the border they are inc
it a declaration of war. second john kerry says the g8 countries including the u.s. are all prepared to diplomatically isolate rush a nato is meet to go discuss a response. jennifer, i remember you in a pretty tense stands off earlier this morning when we spoke. is there any progress being made so far to reduce those tensions? >> reporter: morgan that standoff continues at that military base. about 20 mints fro 20 minutes f. it's a base that's an armory, it has a lot of weapons and ammunition and lots of armored vehicles early this morning the russians went in and talked to the ukrainian commander to their layer arms down and turn everything over and let the russians secure the base he declined and hundreds of forces came in and surrounded the base, it was tense. the two commander met and agreed to lower their level of readiness and try to calm things down, but as darkness falls here, the russians were bedding in and we are not sure what will happen overnight. they have that base completely surrounded, morgan, not only along the perimeter but they have gone in to the over -- to the h
, john kerry, met with his russian counterpart in paris. we do not know the outcome of that. in fact, they've not shown their faces since the meeting began. and for the first time, we're hearing from ukraine's new leader. he delivered a blunt message to president putin. the crimea peninsula is not up for grabs. >> yimcrimea is, was, and will an integral part of the state of ukraine. >> of course, the fact of the matter on the ground is that is not the truth. right now crimea belongs to the russians. i say that because the russians control every strategic point there. they control the naval facilities, they control the ports. and today, they took over two strategic defense areas, defense missile systems. it appears now they control just about everything. well, overnight, united states time, my crew and i flew down to crimea to get a look on the ground and we'll begin where we landed. we arrived at the airport midday. and everything seemed pretty normal. nobody bothering you, nobody asking questions, nobody staring you down in any strange way. the weather much better here than in the n
minister lav love and the ukrainian foreign, they've been trying to get together all day kerry met with lavrov. then they sat down together. you had that call between angela merkel in which she's pitching this german/french plan that has some elements that the russians would like. tomorrow secretary kerry will go to rome and meet with foreign minister lavrov again. you have a seedling, if you will, of a diplomatic process. and everyone wants to de-escalate the situation. but i will say, wolf, the state department just sent out a fax sheet and it's called president putin's fiction. ten false claims about ukraine. i don't know how that will go down as de-escalation when secretary kerry meets tomorrow in rome. elise labott. >>> the house investigation into the irs targeting of conservative groups hit a wall today when former irs manager althou refused to testify before the committee. >> my counsel has advised me that i've not waived my constitutional rights under the fifth amendment and on his advice i'll decline to answer any question on the subject matter of this hearing. >> darrell
in ukraine. the stocks go straight up. good morning, everyone. kerry heads to kiev. triple digits on the dow. the s&p 500. a new record there. amazing what a nice cash flow can do for you. the architect behind obamacare. he sings the praises. all thanks to his law. that ought to wake you up. "varney & company" is about to begin. ♪ the local there appears to be no imminent threat of a shooting war in ukraine. that is why the market is going straight up. look at that. all in green. now take a look at the s&p 500. that is record territory. the new intraday high was 1869. now we have hit 1874 the -- i say this market just wants to go up. the lack of a shooting war in ukraine is a good excuse. >> the industrial names are leading this. the risk on trade is coming back. stuart: it is not our beloved technology stocks? technology stocks? sandra: has been in big momentum player but it is not the leader in this rally today, but i know i will tee up charles when i say this, the fed has not gone out of our business yet so how do you know if this rally can sustain itself? charles: i don't care. you tal
. >> good evening everybody, as secretary of state john kerry has saved the day in the ukraine without a doubt a hard-working diplomat although not always diplomatic but a successful diplomat. the secretary of state telling russian president putin to order his military to abandon their position to return forces to their own bases in crimea. >> is not appropriate to invade a country at the end of a barrel of a dozen with what you are trying to >> we are dictating what we are trying to achieve and that is not 24th century nation behavior. and i think that it is clear that russia has been working hard to create a pretext for being able to invade. >> the secretary of state was garnering all of the headlines from key have, president obama in washington called it what might be procured to impress her. he didn't wait for them to conclude the live remarks from the ukraine before going live himself. the president's remarks more constrained than those of the top diplomats in his syntax is slightly better. >> we have all seen from the perspective of the european union and the united states, allie
secretary kerry to kiev later tonight from here at andrews air force base. they are considering tough economic sanctions against russia. the question is, is vladimir putin even paying attention. russia's leader today pointedly showing off his military might, signaling he is not about to back down, despite criticism from europe, and an unprecedented 90-minute call, a tough one with president obama who repeated his warning today. >> what cannot be done is for russia with impunity, to put its soldiers on the ground and to violate basic principles that are recognized around the world. >> reporter: the president, secretary of state and vice president spent the weekend marshaling world leaders against vladimir putin. >> continuing down this path of violating the sovereignty of another country will have costs and consequences. >> reporter: the u.n. security council met today, and u.s. rhetoric was strong and pointed. >> what is happening today is a dangerous military intervention today in ukraine. it is an act of aggression. it must stop. >> reporter: the u.s. is threatening sanctions, banni
of a black west and that is the principle that john kerry is going to be speaking to during his visit. i'll be making additional calls today to some of our key foreign partners, and i suspect i'll be doing that all week and through the weekend. but as i indicated yesterday, the course of history is for people to want to be free to make their own decisions about their futures, and the international community, i think, is unified in believing that it is not the role of an outside force, where there has been no evidence of serious violence, where there has been no rationale under international law to intervene in people trying to determine their own destiny. is we stand on the side of history that i think more and more people around the world deeply believe in. the principle that a sovereign people and independent people are able to make the decisions about their own lives. mr. putin can throw a lot of words out this, but the facts on the ground indicate that right now, he's not abiding by that principle. there's still the opportunity for russia to do so, working with the international comm
to allied world leaders. john kerry making the rounds of some of the sunday talk shows. still insisting that this is not a cold war redo, although it's obviously russia versus the west in the crisis over ukraine. harking back to an earlier era, saying it's 19th century actions on the part of russia, john kerry says he's been on the phone with allied foreign ministers over the course of the last 24 to 48 hours. here is what he told a sunday show earlier today. >> i talked to 10 of the foreign minister of those wound ris engaged the g8, and all of them are prepared to go to the hilt toest late russia. they are prepared to put sanctions in place, to isolate russia economically. the roouble is already going down. russia has major economic challenges. >> so secretary of state john kerry talking about going to the hilt with allies, including economic sanctions. evidently military action on the part of the allies or on the part of the united states. no one is seriously talking about that. other things secretary of state john kerry mentioned - isolation on trade and investment of russia, freezi
today, saying that he's protecting russians. john kerry went to kiev squared and pledged a $1 billion loan to the interim government and condemned russia in crimea. the verbal sparring started this morning when president putin broke his silence. >> we have not considered crimea, only the citizens of crimea must decide their future. >> what's happening there is not concern for russian nationals, but based on russia seeking through force, to exert their influence on a neighboring country. >> it's an unconscionable coup and a military seizure of power. >> there's a strong belief that russia's action is violating national law. president putin seems to have a different set of lawyers making a different interpretation, but that's not fooling anybody. >> president obama accused putin of meddling in the region. both president obama and secretary kerry speaking in support of ukraine today. >> that's right, john. it was plays and cower plays by the major players that russia is having over the face-off with the ukraine. the white house is consulting with congress and it's european allies to co
and the onrequesting crisis in ukraine, and there are major developments. the secretary of state, john kerry, was in kiev, ukraine, meeting with the government there and touring the site of last month's deadly pro it tests. a short time ago, he and president obama made clear their support for that new ukrainian government, contradicting the russian president, vladimir putin's claims that ukraine has no legitimate leaders. president obama dismissed that claim, adding that russian's invasion of crimea was a miscalculation. >> i actually think that this is not a sign of strength, but rather is a reflection that countries near russia have deep concerns and suspicions about this kind of meddling. and if anything, will push many countries further away from russia. there is the ability for ukraine to be a friend of the west's, and a friend of russia's. >> secretary of state john kerry just left kiev for talks in paris, was even more forcefully, said all of putin's claims are false. >> not a single piece of credible evidence supports any one of these claims. none. >> adding to the tensions in crimea
ambassadors are meeting on the crisis here in the u.s. secretary of state john kerry has strong words. >> it's an incredible act of aggression. it is really a stunning, willful choice by president putin to invade another country. >> he called it an invasion. now, the talks shift to how to calm everything down before it escalates even more. we have live coverage around the world. michelle kosinski is live at the white house. mcclove lynn and ian lee live in ukraine's capital city, kiev. this hour the white house trying to add to pressure on russia. president obama reaching out to allies by phone one day after he spent 90 minutes on the phone with the russian president vladimir putin. u.s. correspondent michelle kosinski joins us now. michigan, the white house, what is the mood? what are they saying? >> it has been a busy weekend. president obama has been actively working on this today. he's been briefed by his security team. as you mentioned, later on he'll take calls with allies. the uk, poland and lithuania. earlier today, secretary of state john kerry making the rounds doing interviews and
's right, and secretary of state john kerry announced that he will personal reply fly to kiev on tuesday to meet with ukrainian officials. this as other senior administration officials speaking on background, holding out hope that russian president vladimir putin will reverse course and withdraw his troops from crimea. >> late sunday secretary of state john kerry announced he will personally go to kiev for talks with ukrainian officials on tuesday. the administration holding out hope that russian president will reverse course and pull his troops out. secretary of state john kerry insists this is not the cold war all over again, but, he says, russia's behaviour towards ukraine invokes an earlier error. >> you don't, in the 21st century, behave in 19th century fashion by invading another country on trumped up pretext. >> russia has complete operational control over crimea, with 6,000 plus troops on the ground. the escalating confrontation has the administration scrambling to respond. kerry and president obama worked the phones, coordinating with allies. all of them are prepared to go to th
, welcome to al jazeera. secretary of state john kerry is set to meet russia's minister, amid a war of words over the standoff in crimea's peninsula. john kerry arrived for talks on-tuesday, the high level meeting the first between the two countries since russia september troops to crimea. ukraine offered little assurance of a peaceful solution. a meeting two the two country's defence ministers on tuesday epded in a stalemate, one said "we have no sign of hope." >> lisa stark joins us from washington in a moment. but jennifer glasse is in the crimea city of sevastopol. good morning. we heard from foreign minister sergei lavrov before the meeting with kerry. what did he have to say? >> good morning, sergei lavrov speaking in madrid making clear the russian position is far from the american position. moscow believes president viktor yanukovych was ousted illegally. that moscow was forced to act because what happened in kiev could be contagious, criticising the west for supporting the new government in kiev, criticising what sergei lavrov called protesters acting against the ukrainian constitut
it an unconstitutional coup and a seizure of power and john kerry arrived in ukraine and in a show of support he will meet with the new government and it's part of a u.s. plan to increase diplomatic pressure on moscow. russia risks being shut out by the g 8 industrial summit and they are not backing off and russia says troops were sent there at the request of ousted president viktor yanukovych and phil is in kiev and, phil, another department, russian putin pulled out troops on the exercise on the border of ukraine, is that a sign at all of russia changing its position in crimea? >> not in crimea, stephanie, those troops that are on the peninsula are still there, still the people in kiev woke this morning to the welcome news that at least the war games that have been conducted close to the borders are over but nevertheless the russia military president and the might is still on the minds of people here. outside st. petersburg in russia on monday putin observed the might. war games russia says and a glimpse nonetheless of the military fire power. that same overwhelming force has captured the peni
again considers its own domestic affairs. tonight, the u.s. secretary of state, john kerry is issuing a strong message to putin, nonetheless. and nbc's andrea mitchell has more at the state department on that end of the story. good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian, vladimir putin's war games so close to ukraine prompted this stern warning from secretary of state john kerry in his interview with us. also a not so friendly caution from kerry to putin about how quickly these kinds of uprisings can catch fire. >> i think the rapidity with which it has moved should frankly be a message to russia. and mr. putin should listen carefully to ukrainians who have voiced their desire for change. so we're hoping that russian -- russia will not see this as sort of a continuation of the cold war, we don't see it that way. we do not believe this should be an east/west, russia/united states. this is not rocky iv, believe me. >> the russian prime minister today said that the opposition and the rebellion in ukraine are extremists. >> we are not looking for confrontation. but we are making it cle
was fired. secretary of state john kerry is expected to touchdown in kiev. is he just going to try to show support for ukraine's fledgling government. let's pick up the story there. we are live at that air base in crimea where you saw the altercation. what's the latest? >> reporter: well, what we understand from the commander of this base, which is a military base north of sa vast pole, he received an ultimatum that by noon, this base must surrender to russian forces. clearly, the situation here is quite tense. now, right behind me, there are cr ukraiyoukrainian soldiers, some arms at the ready. some of their wives and relatives have come bringing food and refreshment for them. the wives as well saying they are here to stay despite the empation of an ultimate -- implementation of an ultimatum. >> two very different narratives being told here. but there on the ground where ben is, you have crew yan january families saying they feel they are under siege by the russians. president obama is holding high-level cabinet talks at the white house. this happened last night. the plan moving forward i
secretary of state john kerry visited independence square and pledged a billion loan to the interim government. john kerry condemned russia intervention saying: >> in a fundraiser tuesday night president obama said: >> mike viqueira has the latest from washington. >> for a second straight bay mmr mr -- day mr obama interrupted a scheduled event. amid on outcry mr obama held out that putin was having second thoughts. >> there have been some thoughts that vladimir putin is pausing for a moment and reflecting on what's happened. >> hours after he spoke a not so subtle reminder of russian force. a test launch by icm. speaking in public for the first time since the crisis began, putin called the outruling of viktor yanukovych a coup. he denied russian troops were in crimea. >> look at the post-soviet territory, there's a lot of uniforms similar to the yup forms. go to a shop, and you can by any uniform there. >> visiting the ukraine, a show of solidarity. walking down a kiev street, honouring those killed by government snipers. john kerry said russia's concerns carry a hidden agenda. >>
tomorrow. secretary of state john kerry talked with his russian counter part today and delivered a warning. >> we believe that everybody now needs to step back and avoid any kind of provocations. >> john kerry said the russian foreign minister agreed to respect the borders of ukraine. kerry said the u.s. supports the new interim government and elected today by the ukranian parliament. >> nick shiffrin has more on that story from kiev. here is a huge step forward for the future of this country, were there is a new parliament as you said and new government and new hope for the future. but still the focus is here on independence square. the center of what they call the third revolution here in ukraine. let me show you a little bit about what is going on here. the security is still here. silt early morning friday. but you can still hear that these barriers are still up. and there is a guard tower right there, that is always manned. and part of the reason for that is that the people here all of the thousands who have been here for so many months are still very much the inspiration for what is g
expect quite clearly him to work very carefully with secretary kerry of the united states who will be in late tonight and with the ukrainians tomorrow morning to do what he can to prop up ukraine but at the same time tried to, with a way to punish russia. to speed with the latest military situation. clearly a mobilization has taken place over the weekend. but it is not clear who is on whose side. >> that's right. -- russia in control of crimea. troops on the ground. they are working with a russian speaking militia there. got permission on saturday from the parliament to deploy troops. but these forces actually a. before that permission. there is a sense that we actually could see an escalation from where we are now. yesterday they surrounded ukrainian military bases. like you said, the ukrainians themselves are mobilizing but also seeing defections. so, just over the weekend we have seen the head of the navy defect. pro-russian crimean authorities. ironically just one day after he was put in the job after his predecessor was fired over concerns over his loyalty. so, clearly th
proposition for russia. >> reporter: the president is dispatching secretary of state kerry to kiev for meetings tomorrow with interim government leaders and parliamentarians. and he called on congress to act quickly on economic aid for ukraine. in brussels today, kerry's european union counterparts urged russia to take the path of mediation. carl bildt is sweden's foreign minister >> i think some in russia are still impressed by their military might. but i think after a while they will see the limitations. military might is not the way to make friends in europe, not to make friends in the world, and i think at some point in time they will start to see that. >> reporter: but in switzerland, russia's foreign minister, sergey lavrov, again said moscow was protecting russian citizens in crimea. and he lashed back at threats of economic penalties. >> ( translated ): those who attempt to interpret the situation as an act of aggression and threaten us with sanctions and boycotts, these are the very same partners of ours who consistently have encouraged political forces close to them to de
? >> providing this off ramp. >> this morning, secretary of state john kerry arrived. >> kerry's arrival coin sides with a proposed pact -- >> will europe go along with the united states to make it truly effective? >> there's not a clear black and white. >> that's because europe and the u.s. aren't entirely on the same page. >> merkel basically questioned putin's state of mind. >> he is living in a different world and the europeans understand that. >> there is a strong belief that russia's action is violating international law. >> in a press conference today, vladimir putin said i am certain that the ukrainian military and the russian military will not be facing each other. they will be on the same side in a fight. but hours before he said that, russian troops outside a ukrainian base fired warning shots at unarmed ukrainian soldiers who were marching towards them. according to vladimir putin, those were not russian troops, but, as he put it, quote, local defense units. putin continued to deny that russian troops have invaded ukraine. putin had this to say about what he called the united stat
admistration responding with what could be an ominous threat, secretary of state john kerry warned russia any military in ukraine would be a quote, grave mistake. >> russia needs to be very careful in the judgments that it makes going forward here. we are not looking for confrontation. but we are making it clear that every country should respect the territorial integri here. the sovereignty of ukraine. russia said that it would do that and wethink it's important that russia keeps its word. >> kerry's counterpart in russia fired right back. he warned the west against forcing any decions upon the interim ukrainian government. >> translator: it's dangerous and counterproductive to force upon ukraine a choice based on the principal you're either with us or against us. raine has to be a part of a global european family in the full meaning of the term. >> the crimea, the scene of fierce clashes today between pro and an-russia protesters. the opposing groups were carrying russian and ukrainian flags. two people were killed in those demonstratns. and riots. more than 30 hospitalized. our first guest
being. >> john kerry was also there in kiev. what were the highlights of his trip? fore flew in and was here three hours. he went to independence square, where he went to the shrine of some of the people that were killed in the violence about a week ago. he then expressed his support for the ukrainian people and the ukrainian government and promised $1 billion of aid. he continued to criticize president putin, saying that the hol whole world understood what he was doing and he would not get away with it. that was it. he is now flying off to paris. >> ryan chilcote joining us on the phone. secretary of state kerry' to kiev was designed to show support for the ukrainian government. >> i am pleased to say that this package includes an immediate $1 billion in a loan guarantee to support ukrainian recovery. we return to work with the treasury department of the nine states and with others to lay out a broader, more copper has a plan. >> exactly how much is that going to help? let's turn to michael mckee. is this just a drop in the bucket? >> there's less here than meets the eye. at
. >> and we have the draghi press conference. and john kerry meeting with lab rock in paris this morning. let me give you a shot of the ruble. here's what putin is worried about. a week in russian ruble. here is the panic. then we rollover. we really have not come in all that much. that is an elegant chart. by no means technically are we long ruble, strong ruble. the good news in the last 24 hours. we have look at the newspapers this morning and the webpages. here's the front page. >> we did not have to look far. ukraine and the crisis there. john kerry in paris meeting with russia's foreign minister sergei lavrov who said yesterday the threat of sanctions will not change the russian position. there are reports the white house will impose economic sanctions on russia sometime this week. >> we will go to paris in a bit. the former managing director of the i'm at said yesterday, his idea of a sequence. i thought he revis eyes this is a process, a sequence. it is no surprise on neutral territory in paris is where the meeting is. rocks and russia says ukraine owes gazprom $2 billion. >> they have
of state john kerry will travel to ukraine this week. as the u.s. looks to try and pressure russia to end its military incursion. i'm jamie colby in for harris faulkner tonight. the state department releasing a statement a short time ago saying the secretary will reaffirm the united states's strong support for ukrainian sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity and the right of ukrainians to determine their own future. the world remains on edge, though, this hour as russia defies repeated calls from president obama, the united nations, nato, and all the other world powers that are asking for ukraine's sovereignty to be respected. but president vladimir putin vows to defend what he's calling russian interests inside ukraine and yesterday he got formal approval from his own government for military action. so tonight, there's an intense standoff unfolding as ukrainian troops are trapped. there are pro-russian forces surrounding bases in three ukrainian cities, all in the contested crimea region. armed, unidentified troops that are likely to be russian soldiers are standing just feet a
that look similar. >> visiting ukraine, a show of sol dar tit from secretary of state john kerry -- solidarity from secretary of state john kerry, walking down a street, honouring those killed by snipers. john kerry said russia's concerns about protecting ethnic russians carries a hidden agenda. >> i think russia is working hard to create a pretext to invade further. >> the implication that vladimir putin has designs on crimea and the east and south, areas with strong cultural ties to russia. john kerry spoke out about russia's move against crimea. >> we condemn the russian's federation act of aggression. we have, throughout the moment, evidence of a great transformation taking place, and in that transformation we will stand with the people of ukraine. >> there was one dramatic moment between ukrainian troops and russian soldiers. a tense standoff. it was on camera. randall pinkston is here with more on that. >> ukraine's military evicted by russian forces this past weekend said they wanted to do their duty, to return to belbek, to protect the air force. their risky, maybe foolha
rise between russia and ukrainian troops in crimea. >>> secretary of state john kerry visits the place were demonstrators were gunned down in kiev offering moral support and economic help. >>> vladimir putin denies military intervention and a former secretary of state is calling him, quote, delusional. welcome to our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." russian forces are tightening their hold on the strategic crimean peninsula and there's a verbal battle escalating between the united states and russia. it's a critical moment. here are the latest development. secretary of state john kerry visits ukraine's capital and offers encouragement and a billion dollar u.s. loan guarantee while accusing russia of inventing reasons for its military intervention. president obama says the u.s. and its allies strongly believe russia has violated international law and says russia has not fooled anybody. as russia is digging ins it heels, has the right to take all measures there. cnn's barbara starr is standing by at the pentagon and ander
a the president. kerry med with sergey lavrov. afterwards, he spoke of hope for de-escalation of tension. >> russia made a choice. and we have clearly stated that we believe it is the wrong choice, that is the choice to move troops into crimea. russia can now choose to de-escalate this situation. and we are committed to working with russia. and together with our friends and allies in an effort to provide a way for this entire situation to find the road to de-escalation. the united states is ready to work with all parties to make that happen and to make it happen as soon as possible. >> russian president vladimir putin has also spoken to angela merkel today. if diplomacy fails, the u.s. and its allies could put in sanctions against russia in a matter of days. howard fineman and michael mcfall. he's now a fellow at the hoover institution and an msnbc analyst. mr. ambassador, it's great to have you. give us your sense of the limits of this crisis. is there a sense in your mind right now based on your experience that vladimir putin has pushed as far as he's going to go or you think he might
-western ukrainian government. mr. kerry is in town as well. and officials traveling with mr. kerry said the administration will work with congress to give a billion dollars in loan guarantees plus offer technical assistance, assistance making sure that the election coming up on may 25th meets with international standards, plus help in combatting all kinds of issues including crumbation. plus the imf talks are still ongoing and perhaps early hopes for imf money in ukraine may be dashed. it could last a little bit longer. goes, i'll hand it back to you. >> busy day for you, steve, we'll come back to you later on. >>> want to look at the markets in light of the situation in ukraine and looking ahead to jobs friday. and chad, good to see you today. >> good to see you as well. >> obviously you can't take your eye off of that boiling pot as the secretary of state, of course, lands there. but does this give us more room to think about jobs on friday? >> yeah. absolutely indeed. this was basically a -- the ukrainian crisis is a thunderstorm that just rolled through the markets but we do believe
kerry will arrive in ukraine. he will take a tough stance on the russian invasion perhaps? or can we expect more of this? >> folks, sarah palin said she could see russia from alaska. mitt, mitt romney talks like he's only seen russia by watching "rocky 4." all the latest on what's happened overnight coming right to you in minutes. >> he's funny. meanwhile will she or won't she? lois lerner and her attorney can't seem to get the story straight. this morning new details and an e-mail chain you probably haven't seen regarding the i.r.s. targeting scandal. >> a giant american flag found torn, tattered and thrown to the side like a piece of trash, but what one woman did will make you proud to be an american if you're not already. mornings are better with friends. watch this. >> you're watching "fox & friends," the number-one morning cable news show in america. [playing taps] >> i wonder if they can see us in russia? >> sure. >> well let's give you an update on what's going on in russia. vladimir putin had a press conference and said he hasn't done anything wrong. he said there's been an u
. there are other reports -- e u.s. statement called at the g7. >> there is a ramp up with secretary kerry migrating toward kiev. i think it is fabulous. this is great. this is the best signal for vladimir putin. the secretary of state stopping and having a baby. -- hugging a baby. john kerry makes the right decision. striking awork groundbreaking agreement with disney. there was a legal standoff between -- and disney over dish's skipping technology. >> this is a huge deal. disney is agreeing to go over the top. they are providing content not on the cable box, not on the --, actually on the web. they refused to do that. this is breaking the traditional agreement they have had with cable carriers, especially espn. > my word for 2014 is distribution. >> over the top. this is huge for disney. >> maybe that leads the way toÀa la carte programming. the big investment banks bracing for a trading plunge in the first quarter. typically the first quarter is when these banks to the best in trading. dropsays that trading will to the high to mid-teen percentage. jamie dimon said that revenue from equities and
morning. good to be with you. today nato says they will attend. yesterday secretary of state john kerry paid tribute to those who died in rallies. the u.s. offered an age package of nearly 1 billion dollars. susan mcginnis has more now from washington. susan, good morning. >> good morning, anne-marie. president obama said yesterday it might be possible for the situation in ukraine to de-escalate over the next several days or weeks. he's been talking about a so-called off ramp for president putin to step back from the crisis without losing face. diplomacy takes center stage today. u.s. secretary of state john kerry will meet with his russian counterpart this morning in paris. >> president obama and i want to make it clear to russia and everybody in the world that we're not seeking confrontation. >> last night president obama talked about a possible resolution with german chancellor angela merkel. it would allow russian troops to stay in cry nia but on their bases and they would make sure they were protected. he calls it a humanitarian mission. he also said he would really not a whole lot
on the phone for 90 minutes this weekend. secretary of state john kerry is heading to the region tomorrow. the obama administration says it's going to threaten russia with a combination of sanctions and a diplomatic way out of ukraine. but the russians don't seem to be looking for a way out. president putin claims the military action is protecting the minority ethnic russian population. some russian protesters seen here in this video beating up a pro-ukrainian protester. others have been tearing down ukrainian flags and raising the flag of the russian federation. simon, do you agree that this could be the most important foreign policy decision president obama will make thus far in his presidency? >> oh, absolutely, gretchen. i think there's no question this is the most important foreign policy issue facing him and the most important moment in the history of the relationship between washington and moscow since the collapse of the soviet union. we are at a point now where the russians appear de facto to have annexed the crimean peninsula. the real question is whether or not this is as far a
minister said crimea must remain part of his country. john kerry is trying to cajole the russians to play nice, but he appears to have little leverage. james rosen is traveling with secretary kerry in paris tonight. >> joined by aides inside the ambassador's residence in paris, john kerry squared off once more against russia's long time foreign minister, sergey lavrov, one of the least charitable diplomats who had already telegraphed how little the kremlin will concede by the an exation of crimea in southeastern ukraine, home to the warm water fleet. >> some special alert measures have been adopted to control the fleet because as our president said we're not going to allow any blood to be spilled. the problem should be solved in the february treaty. >> that was moscow's way of saying despite last month' bloody clashes in kiev which killed scores of protesters and sent the president fleeing the capital, they yard yanukovych as president. ukraine's new foreign minister who travelled to paris aboard kerry's plane disputed it. >> not only about ukraine but the future of russia and how russia
. >> the ukrainian prime minister says we're on the brink of disaster. >> secretary of state john kerry calls it an invasion. >> are you willing to show solidarity with the ukrainians. >> absolutely. >> this is a conversation about obama's leadership pure and simple. >> we have a weak and indecisive president. >> president obama needs to do something. >> i would hope americans would focus on condemning the actions of putin. >> winter showing no signs of slowing down. >> this is part of a massive storm system. >> approaching 5 feet of snow. i'm tired and it's in march. >> dramatic testimony on day one of the oscar pistorius murder trial in south africa. >> a tragic mistake driven by his fear of crime and vulnerability. >> and the oscar goes to -- "12 years a slave". >> no matter where you're from, your dreams are valid. >> look at us. >> ready? >> today the tug of war over ukraine continues and international stability could hang in the balance. it is three days into what the white house is described as a russian invasion of ukraine and now vladimir putin is tightening his grip. today russia's
. >> secretary of state john kerry says climate change is the world's most fearsome weapon of mass destruction. >> the largest construction project we see on the books. >> republicans calling for this and say it's too big for jobs. >> have a single republican leader stood with us throughout this time? >> obama administration's own folks have said, no, this is not going to do damage. >> what would hold him back from saying yes? >> if there's a crack, a leak, it's in that water. >> we need to step up and do something about it. >> listening to your body against the gears of the machine. this madness must stop. >> we will stand the ground, yes. >> gooed to have you with us tonight. thanks for watching when i was 11 growing in up norfolk, virginia, the vietnam war was rolling, protests started to take place on campus at old dominion university. in washington things started to get heated up. april 1965, april 17th, 25,000 people who showed up to protest the vietnam war. they wanted it over with. and then one month later at uc berkeley, in may of '65, there were 30,000 people. fast forward to 1967, t
. secretary of state john kerry is set to meet with his russian counterpart today to try and talk through mounting tensions in ukraine. yesterday secretary kerry visiting kiev bringing with him prayers for slain proeste estesd a $1 billion aid package. he responded to vladimir putin's perplexing news conference, saying military force remained an option but said no forces were occupying crimea. >> he denied there were any troops occupying crimea. >> he really denied there were troops into crimea? >> yes, he did. >> it's clear russia has been working hard to create a pretext for being able to invade further. so today in another part of this country, we're in a new phase of the struggle for freedom and the united states reaffirms our commitment to ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity. according to international law. condemn the russian federation's act of aggression and we have throughout this moment evidence of a great transformation and in that transformation, we will stand with the people of ukraine. >> a lot of really positive reviews, mika, of kerry. >> peggy noone this morni
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